Authorities are offering a  $5,000 reward for information that leads them to explosives which were stolen from the Mt. Shasta Forest Service two months ago.

Authorities are offering a  $5,000 reward for information that leads them to explosives which were stolen from the Mt. Shasta Forest Service two months ago.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a press release today that the explosives were taken from the Forest Service magazine sometime between April 12 and April 21.

Twenty Reynolds RP-83 blasting caps were taken, said Detective Robert Buker from the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department’s bomb squad, as well as six Dyno Nobel EZ Det Nonel detonators and six Austin Powder Rockstar electric detonators.

Though technically the blasting caps are boosters for larger explosive devices, when detonated, they have enough power to disintegrate a large sized watermelon, said Buker.

“If held in the hand, they cause shredding and fragmentation, and could cause severe injury or death,” said ATF special agent Helen Dunkel. “If utilized properly in conjunction with larger explosives, they could be extremely destructive.”

“They can definitely do some damage... We want to be sure that they don’t fall into the wrong hands, where somebody could be hurt or killed,” Buker said.

The incident was not reported earlier because authorities are hoping that whoever took the items would try to barter or sell them, which will make it more likely that someone will come forward now that a reward has been offered, Buker explained.

Whoever is responsible could face several violations, including theft, burglary, and unlawful possession, transportation and storage of unlicensed explosive materials, Buker said.

He encourages anyone who  has knowledge of the devices to contact the Sheriff’s Department immediately by calling (530) 841-2900. The ATF will provide the reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the theft, Dunkel said.

Buker added that if anyone has explosive materials that they wish to dispose of, they should call the office and he’d be glad to come and pick them up.